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China Press Delegation
President Richard Nixon’s visit to the PRC in 1971 signaled an era of rapprochement between the United States and China after three decades of poor relations. The American Society of Newspaper Editors later received permission from the Chinese government to send the first official press delegation to the country.
Warren Phillips, who was a member of the ASNE board and Executive Vice President of Dow Jones, went along with a party of American journalists in 1972 to tour the country and meet with Chinese heads of state.
The delegation crossed the border from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, where they boarded a plane for Beijing for a week of official events and tours. For the following three weeks they went on to provincial areas: revolutionary strongholds such as Yan’an, the burgeoning cities of Xi’an and Zhengzhou, and the countryside in between. They visited factories, schools, and cultural sites, with an unprecedented level of freedom to interact with citizens and officials.